School begins at 9:00 a.m. The classroom doors will not open before 8:40 a.m. and constant supervision cannot be provided for students who arrive before that time. Please help us in the matter for the safety of our students.
HOURS OF OPERATION
8:00 A.M. Office opens
8:20 A.M. Breakfast begins
8:20 A.M. Students may enter the building
8:50 A.M. Breakfast service ends
9:00 A.M. All classes begin; Students are tardy after this time.
11:30 A.M. AM Pre-Kindergarten class ends
1:00 P.M. PM Pre-Kindergarten class begins
3:50 P.M. Walkers are dismissed
Bus riders are dismissed as their bus arrives
4:00 P.M. Office closes
Students who eat breakfast should arrive at school no earlier than 8:20 A.M. and report directly to the cafeteria. All other students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:20 A.M. There is no supervision for students before 8:20 A.M.
All students must be picked up by 4:00 P.M., as there is no supervision of students after 3:45 P.M
Regular attendance is of tremendous value to your child. To receive the maximum benefit from classroom instruction, your child must be present each and every day. We do understand when children have to be absent from school. We expect all students to have regular attendance except in cases of illness or family emergency. As per Mid-Del Schools District policy, each student must be in attendance 80% of the grading period to receive a passing grade in any subject in which he/she is enrolled. Students in violation of the 80% attendance rule may be retained. Students are counted absent for a full day if they leave school before 10:00 A.M. and a half-day if they leave school before 2:00 P.M.
On the morning of a student's absence, please call the Epperly Heights Elementary School office before 9:00 A.M. to verify your child's absence. This is for the safety of your child. If a parent call is not received, the secretary will call the parent at home or at work. If your child is a bus rider, you will also need to call the Transportation Department at 739-1609.
Students who arrive after 9:00 A.M. will be marked tardy. As per Mid-Del Schools District policy, three tardies will be equivalent to one unexcused absence.
Students arriving after 9:00 A.M. must check in through the school office for an admit slip before going to class.
ASSIGNMENTS FOR ABSENT STUDENTS
If a student is going to be absent for more than two days , parents may request to have the teacher prepare the homework packet for the student. To request assignments please call the office by 10:00 a.m. to allow teachers time to gather the materials. The assignments will be ready by 3:30 on the day requested.
BREAKFAST : Breakfast service begins at 8:20 A.M. - 8:50 A.M. Breakfast is offered for one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per student. Breakfast for adults is one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50). A reduced price breakfast is available to students that qualify.
LUNCH : Student lunches are two dollars and twenty cents ($2.20). A free or reduced price lunch is available to students who qualify.
We regret that we have a no charge policy at point of sale for all meals. Should a student's account have no money, he or she will receive a roll, peanut butter and milk paid for by Child Nutrition for no more than 3 consecutive days.
Students who participated in the free and reduced price meal program last year will be eligible to continue on the program until September 30 of this school year. At that time, they will be dropped from the program unless we have a completed 2012-2013 application on file. (Only one family application is needed even if there are several children or children at different sites.) Applications are available in the office and from the cafeteria supervisor.
Should a student be allergic to milk and require a substitution, a doctor's statement must be on file with the cafeteria supervisor as required by the State Department of Child Nutrition.
Parents are welcome to eat breakfast or lunch with their children. For the safety of our students and your children we ask the following: Please eat at the back table with your child and not at the tables with the other students. Your child may have one student guest eat with you also. If you bring preschool children, please keep them at your side at all times.
Your child's teacher will work very closely with you on any behavior modification plan that is established for your child in the classroom. The Student Expectations: Policies, Procedures, and Safety Guidelines handbook for all Mid-Del Schools will be distributed during the first few weeks.
Your child should remain home if they have a fever above 100 degrees, an unexplained rash, diarrhea (more than one runny stool in eight hours), vomiting once or more in 24 hours, pink eye and/or a white-yellow discharge from the eye, or has a colored discharge from their nose. If your child has any of the above, we will call you to come to school to pick up you child. We do not want to jeopardize any other child's health with shared illnesses.
If your child has been given a prescription of antibiotics, they must be taking the antibiotics for 24 hours before they can return to school. After 24 hours on antibiotics, they are not contagious.
The school should be notified of any possibility of a contagious disease. There is a policy with Rules of Exclusion for contagious diseases. In most incidents, the student may return to school once they are under the care of a doctor. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
The office staff will notify you of an illness or injury at school that needs immediate attention. Please make sure that we have accurate phone numbers and an emergency number that is a reliable contact.
Nonprescription drugs will not be administered at school by school personnel. Directions for administering a prescription medicine must be listed on the label as authorized by a licensed physician. Small containers labeled for school use may be prepared at the pharmacy and left at school for the duration of the illness. The prescription drug must be accompanied by written permission from the parent.
LOST AND FOUND
Please put names on all objects brought to school. There is a large wooden box in the gym where misplace hats, coats, book bags, lunch pails, etc. are placed. Please encourage your child to check the box for lost items. More valuable misplaced items (watches, billfolds, glasses, etc.) are stored in the office. Items not claimed at the end of the year are donated to charity.
You are encouraged to keep in close contact with your child's teacher. The school web site has a teacher page for each teacher. There is a contact form on their web page. If you have access to email this is an excellent source of communication as well as a student management tool. Students will have take home folders or assignment notebooks as well. Do not wait for Parent-Teacher Conference Day to share a concern that is on your mind. We want and need to work together!
Please limit phone messages to your child to emergencies only . Also, students will be allowed to use the phone for emergencies only.
Students will not be allowed to use the phone to have someone bring their homework/book/athletic equipment/etc. to them. We believe that natural consequences help teach responsibility.
Teachers will not be called from their classes to answer phone calls. Instead, a message will be taken and the teacher will return the call during their planning times during the day or as soon as possible.
Parents must sign a checkout sheet in the school office when a student leaves the building during the school day. The office staff will contact the classroom teacher and the student will be sent to the office at that time. If at all possible, please attempt to schedule appointments outside of the school day.
Only persons listed on the student's enrollment card will be allowed to checkout that student.
STUDENT IMMUNIZATION HEALTH
Oklahoma State Law requires that all minor children present a certificate of completed immunizations prior to attending school. A copy of this record will be kept in the Nurse's Office at Epperly. The school nurse is responsible for conducting hearing, vision, and lice screenings, and monitoring immunization records.
It is the policy of the Board of Education that if a student is required to take medication during school hours and the parent or guardian cannot be at school to administer the medication, a school nurse, principal, or a designated school employee may administer the medication only as follows:
**A prescription medication may be administered only with written request and permission from the parent or guardian. Prescription medication must be in a container that indicates the authorizing physician's name, the student's name, name and strength of medication and dosage and directions for administration. Small containers labeled for school use may be prepared at the pharmacy and left at school for the duration of the illness.
**Non-prescription medication will not be administered at school by school personnel.
**Medications will be kept in a locked cabinet except medication retained by a student per physician's order. Unused medication will be returned to parent or guardian only.
**The school shall keep on file the written authorization of the parent or guardian of the student to administer the prescribed medicine to the student.
**The parent or guardian of the student is responsible for informing the designated official of any change in medication.
This policy statement will be provided to a parent or guardian upon receipt of a request for long-term administration of medication.
STUDENT WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Please notify the school office several days in advance if you are moving and withdrawing your child from school. This allows sufficient time to process the withdrawal and prepare the student's records for transfer to their new school. All textbooks and library books must be returned and school debts (library fines, etc.) must be paid before a student can be cleared and records released.
All students who live over 1.5 miles from Epperly Heights will be transported. You may pick up a bus schedule and a copy of the bus regulations from the school office. All children must be registered to ride the bus.
You are welcome to visit us at Epperly Heights Elementary School. We do require that when you come to the school during the instructional time of day, that you report to the school office first. All visitors must sign in and receive a Visitor's Badge before going elsewhere in the building. Teachers have been directed to inquire if they see a visitor without a badge. When you do not wear a badge, the staff members do not know who has or has not been to the office. Classroom visitation is encouraged, but please make arrangements with the teacher or principal. This is for the safety and security of our students.
NO SMOKING STATUTE
The Oklahoma Legislature passed a law that prohibits smoking, the use of snuff, chewing tobacco or any form of tobacco product in the buildings and on the grounds of an educational facility by all persons during school session, or when class or any program established for students is in session. Thank you for your support in following this law.
PETS AT SCHOOL
Please do not bring your dogs or other pets to school. Even a tame animal can startle and bite. We also have some children who are afraid of animals and become afraid to come to school if pets are near the entrances.
All students are expected to be neatly groomed. Shoes must be worn. Clothing and/or jewelry should not display pictures, lettering, or numerical figures that are profane, repulsive, or obscene or that advertise or promote weapons, tobacco or any alcohol, low-point beer, drugs, drug related items or drug paraphernalia. Any display of nudity or any manner of dress or grooming which is offensive or disruptive shall be corrected immediately. Included in this policy is the ban of clothing and/or athletic uniforms worn in a manner that is revealing, disruptive, or inappropriate for the school setting. Jeans, slacks, pants, or other garments worn below the natural waist are prohibited. Hot weather should not be a reason for dressing scantily since all schools in the Mid-Del system are air conditioned.
Extremes in wearing apparel or personal appearance that would disrupt classroom and/or interfere with the intended function of the school will not be considered as acceptable school dress. The wearing of any apparel associated with "gang" membership will not be allowed at school, on school vehicles, or going to or from school sponsored or authorized functions.
The responsibility of upholding and enforcing this code rests with those students, parents, teachers, and principals concerned. When there is a judgement to be made, the site principal will make that decision.
Action: Students may be sent home to change before returning to school. Students not in compliance will be subject to further disciplinary action from school officials.
The principal and/or teacher may prohibit the bringing of any item to school considered dangerous or disruptive. Pupils are instructed to bring to school only articles which they need to use in school. Pupils are not to bring articles to school, however innocuous, that distruct them or others from their school work. Principals will make the final determiniation as to whether an object is a distraction. Hand-held games, CD Players, ear phones, are examples of items that are prohibited,
LATCHKEY BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM
Latchkey will be offering a Before and After School Child Care Program during the school year. The program is fully licensed and will be conducted in the school. The morning session will begin at 6:30 a.m. until school begins. The afternoon session will begin at school dismissal until 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Latchkey directly at (405) 236-2069.
Two days per school year are set aside for parent-teacher conferences. Please see the Mustang Calendar for conference days and times.
If there is ever a problem, please don't wait for a conference , call anytime to set up a meeting with your child's teacher.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND RECESS
Extra Curricular Activities are activities that take place outside of the regular classroom. Participation in these activities is a privilege, not a requirement. Students participating in these activities will be expected to complete all assigned schoolwork, have passing grades, and display a good attitude while at school and at extra curricular events. If a student is not performing academically and/or socially, he or she will not be allowed to participate in extra curricular activities. Cautionary measures for recess and physical education will be taken to ensure our children's safety. Outside activities will be suspended when extreme weather conditions exist.
EPPERLY HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RULES
We walk. (Playground areas are exempt)
Obey all adults. (Teachers, bus drivers, custodians, cooks, etc.)
Keep our hands, feet and objects to ourselves.
Take care of school materials and property.
Use kind words towards others. (We don't make fun of a person's name, appearance, or ability. Be respectful to all you come in contact with each day.
Keep personal items that may distract from the learning environment at home. (Radios, electronic games, cell phones, etc.)
Report cards are given out at the end of each nine weeks. Progress reports are also sent home after five weeks. We are in the process of making students progress available on line. We hope to be up and running this year.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
It is the policy of Mid-Del Public School District No. I-52 not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, services, and activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
Please join Epperly PTA. The cost is $6.00. Our PTA is a wonderful group of supportive parents and teachers.
"It is the policy of Epperly Heights Elementary School that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or qualified disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any education program, activities, services, or in admisssions, financial aid, recruitment, consideration, selection or employment whether full-time, or any other activity for which the school is responsible."